Last week’s photo showed the new-for-2012 Hyundai Veloster, a coupe that has one door on the driver’s side and two on the right side. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the names of readers who correctly identified a piece of the car was Sally Ecklund, who wrote:
“I believe that this week’s photo is a 2012 Hyundai Veloster. I saw one a few weeks ago and thought it looked pretty cool!”
She wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles and Richard Simanski
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Unlike most other manufacturers that have given us a ‘hidden’ door, this rear door is hinged at the front rather than suicide style at the rear. The door handle is concealed in the door trim, and Hyundai says that this was done so that the rear door could be opened without having to first open the front door. According to Hyundai, this rear door is only on the passenger side for safety and curbside convenience.
“The Veloster is a pleasing car to look at, inside and out, that has garnered a lot of positive press and reviews for the overall styling, fit and finish. You would be hard-pressed to find a competitor in its class that is better equipped or even comparatively equipped for the $17,300 base price.
“Unfortunately those same positive styling reviews are accompanied by only lukewarm performance reviews as the 1.6-liter, 138-horsepower four-banger is the same engine used in the lighter-weight, entry-level Accent. Rumor has it that a turbo Veloster is in development to waylay those performance reviews.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes called the Veloster a “funky fresh take on the hatchback coupe with a few clever twists: “Features like a passenger-side third door and a pinched waist accentuated by a deeply creased side profile serve to differentiate the Veloster from would-be competitors.
“The Veloster is the latest creation from Hyundai and serves, in my opinion, as the final nail in the coffin of Hyundai’s outdated reputation of being a design ‘follower’. For almost two decades, Hyundai produced increasingly competent copies of other makers’ models.
“These cars were generally reliable and chocked full of standard features available only as options by other the brands, they lacked design creativity and brand identity. Right or wrong, Hyundai was viewed by many consumers as cheap knock-offs.
“Over the last five years, this has all changed. Today, the average driver can spot a new Hyundai two blocks away. Sporting fluidic body lines and unique front and rear fascia, Hyundai models have taken on a distinct set of design characteristics that have catapulted the brand to the head of class in terms of styling. … Hyundai appears to be assuming the design mantle previously worn by its Japanese rivals.
“And while some critics may still belittle the brand based on outdated assumptions, the proof is in the pudding. Hyundai, and its sister brand Kia, continue to take market share with each new product.”
EVANS: Jerry Paul
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller wrote: “New for 2012 and replacing Hyundai’s Tiburon (“shark” in Spanish) is the 2012 Veloster.”.
Also, Jim Muraski
SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna